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Table 2 Frequency of family meals with ‘respondent and child’ or ‘everyone who lives in the house’ eating together and comparison by SEP (responding parent education level)

From: Family meals with young children: an online study of family mealtime characteristics, among Australian families with children aged six months to six years

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Respondent and child eating together
  < 1 day/week 8% 5% 6% 8%
 1-2 days/week 12% 19% 7% 19%
 3-4 days/week 17% 34% 10% 35%
 5-6 days/week 21% 23% 18% 18%
 7 days/week 43% 20% 59% 20%
 Odds ratios (CI) 1.05 (0.79-1.39) 0.83 (0.62-1.20) 0.77 (0.57-1.03) 1.02 (0.78-1.34)
Everyone who lives in the house eating together
  < 1 day/week 17% 14% 6% 17%
 1-2 days/week 37% 63% 12% 52%
 3-4 days/week 17% 15% 14% 21%
 5-6 days/week 11% 5% 24% 6%
 7 days/week 18% 3% 43% 4%
 Odds ratios (CI) 1.20 (0.93-1.56) 1.20 (0.74-1.39) 0.70 (0.54-0.92)* 0.91 (0.69-1.20)
Sum of frequencies across the week (occasions per week) Respondent and child   Everyone who lives in the house
 <7 4%   17%  
 7- < 14 16%   48%  
 14- < 21 37%   26%  
 21-28 43%   9%  
Coefficient (CI) −0.22 (1.20-0.76)   −0.29 (CI −1.13-0.55)
  1. *Indicates p ≤0.05